Ludum Dare 35 — April 15th-18th, 2016 — Theme: Shapeshift

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The 3 Rules of 2-Color Shapeshiftin' in a Microworld on a Flickering Torus

by theOnlyGoodDrcz - Compo Entry

A small puzzle in the spirit of sokoban: remove all squares, triangles and discs from each level. Good luck.

Controls: arrows/WSAD + h/f1 for help and r for restart (a suicide).

Warning: it flickers!

Advice: use headphones.

made with raw js, pencil, marker, korg volca and an improvised contact microphone.

Update 27Apr:
If you really cannot stand the flickering, yet would like to solve these 10 puzzles, you can try here (it also lacks the sounds and has smaller viewport -- no magic! because

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jdmazz says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:52am

Definitely the best entry I've seen so far. Pretty much maxed out on innovative, fun, theme, graphics, audio and mood. Graphics are actually perfect for this game. Music with each movement feels so cool. Honestly, if it were up to me, you would like be the winner of Ludum Dare. Though it's very early in my voting, it's hard to imagine that someone could top your entry. Amazing!

Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:55am

Cool game. Plays solid and responsively, and the puzzles are reasonably challenging without getting unfairly difficult.

I really loved the unique visuals, they added a ton of personality and uniqueness to the game, at first, but after about 5 minutes I had to stop.

Good job!

mountainstorm says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:29pm

Awesome graphics, but unplayable [for me] due to the flickering

sbeif says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:32pm

great job! I love the pencil graphics and the weird music

CoderDozer says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:38pm

That audio is really atmospheric, love it, and that art work is awesome. I'm not sure if the flickering should be toned down a bit? but overall A1.

TiRSO! says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:44pm

Really nice mood by combining the art and sounds!

TLansdale says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:23pm

Really really nice. A mind-bender in the right way, quite challenging and great music.

I didn't quite understand the rules for when you could shift, and when you could not - is it just that you can't tag-back without the help of the monster thing?

sftrabbit says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:42pm

The art and music are very well done and awesomely disorientating. The puzzles are interesting and I really like the use of the torus/repeating space to solve them. Really great work!

Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:47pm

Awesome graphics, nice puzzles, but the flickering was a bit confusing.
Played it on Safari and didn't have sound. Good work!!

Apr 18, 2016 @ 11:57pm

Wow, thanks for very encouraging feedback! I do undestand that the flickering is annoying -- but the game is set on a flickering torus, so it just has to flicker ; (it flickers at ~7Hz, which is not a coincidence).
I consider writing "The 3 Rules of 2-Color Shapeshiftin' in a Microworld on a Non-Flickering Torus" some day (should take about 48h :)).

@TLansdale -- the unshift machine is now sad because you thought it's a monster! to see the rules just press F1 or h :)

Rafos Games says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:18pm

wow, I like the platformer-puzzle games, and this it's a good combination of them with the shapeshifter theme.
It's hard to play in the first time (because the level repeated three times in the screen is confusing), but after 2 or 3 levels I can play better and I enjoyed more to play it.
Very great job.

TheMightyTeam says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:51pm



Apr 20, 2016 @ 9:44pm

wow, I got an email from that they have removed my account... just created github page, updated the link. sorry, I didn't expect the spanish inquisition.

CaptainPilot says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 10:33pm

The rules for shifting shapes were not clear enough, should have ramped up a little or introduced concepts via early puzzles. The constantly changing background hurt my eyes.

laluis1 says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:55am

I like this, it is at least in my view, new and unique. I like the art style, music and puzzles, overall great game.

Freank says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 4:58pm

Hi, nice game ! We're realizing a video with several games of the Ludum Dare #35.
Can you add your game on ? (it's free)
So we can include also your game in the video ;)
p.s. write #LDJAM in the game's description

Apr 21, 2016 @ 7:44pm

@Freank -- boom done

Larzan says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 9:13pm

Great concept + visuals, but pretty hard :)

luquio says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:52pm

the handdrawn assets and the music gives the game a special feel. Maybe thins are moving a lot, but in general is supergreat

pixelpotions says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 12:03am

Very different but entry! I liked the gameplay and the graphics and the music and sound meshed really well with it.

KairosXIII says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 12:11am

Great concept and take on theme. Those flickering tiles really did a number on my eyes though.

gelisam says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 12:15am

The gameplay is ok, but why subject our eyes to so much pain? I think the flickering effect might have been reduced if the camera didn't also move so abruptly.

F4KETHIS says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 1:26am

Really cool art style, I love the way it's infinitely repeating in every direction and it like.. hurt my eyes to look at... but in the best way possible? I don't know how to quantify that.

I only wish that it didn't make me start over when I lost all my lives - a game over is no fun. Great job

Kep says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 3:39pm

Delightfully surreal. Innovation 5/5! Well done.
(A bit hard on the eyes. Maybe that could be improved by reducing the contrast in the background.)

pixel_maniacs says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 12:56pm

Cool game, interesting concept, please have a look on my entry, too :)

Apr 27, 2016 @ 5:02am

Looks really good, I like the graphical style, audio, and mood and am a big fan of puzzle games. Unfortunately the flickering was to much for me to be able to stick with the game long enough to give it the attention it deserved. I guess I'm getting old.

euske says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 3:33pm

This atmosphere is somewhat magical.

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